Monthly Archives: December 2015


I usually don’t enjoy endings. And, as 2015 comes to an end… I have visions of the year I’m leaving. I’ve learned a great deal this year. I feel it’s been challenging, productive and also enjoyable day to day. What a wonderful thought to live our lives with as few regrets as possible. I have to be honest that I don’t make New Year’s resolutions either. However, at the beginning of each year I do write down a few things I’d like to work on to improve myself for the coming year. I begin to resolve to use my energy in positive, constructive, life-enhancing, optimistic ways.   And, as I plan for the new year, I carve out lots of space for reflection and time for the work I love. I’ve learned that it’s worth whatever sacrifices are necessary. What kind of a year did you have? How would you rate it? No … Continue reading

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A Merry Excursion

Merry Christmas! And may you feel a great deal of joy. After all the intense preparations, we can all relax at home. There’s a lasagne baking in the oven. Dinner tonight by candlelight. And, how about a merry excursion at eight. I think I have just the perfect one. Come along. You won’t be disappointed.   Less than an hour away from our cottage on the Oregon coast the charming Shore Acres State Park embraces the Yuletide spirit. Colorfully decorated gardens, and trees are lined with over 300,000 lights, dozens of small landscape lights, 26 large holiday trees, dozens of lighted sculptures, entertainment in the Pavilion, and the festive open house where you can enjoy hot cider, coffee, punch and cookies. This community tradition began in 1987 when the Friends of Shore Acres decided to string a few lights to help celebrate the holidays. That first season, 6,000 miniature lights, … Continue reading

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Christmas Tea Time

Earlier this week I hosted an afternoon Christmas Tea. It turned out very nice. I invited a couple of friends over, and created a sweet, simple tablescape for lunch. A veggie pot pie, salad, and Christmas cookies for dessert were served.     The choice of tea was a Christmas blend, and a Rose tea. Perfect!  I highly recommend an afternoon such as this. It’s really very easy to organize, plan, and put forth in action. I promise the work will be well worth the effort. Your friends will enjoy chatting away the afternoon, and celebrating  the joyful spirit of the season.

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Christmas on the Coast

I love cottage homes. Especially, cottages that are Warm, Welcoming, and Inspiring. So, I thought it would be fun to share three of them during the week before Christmas. And, since it’s Christmas time, and I’m Marcia… we can begin with mine! (giggle) Of course the truth is the last two cottages are so wonderfully special, there’s no way I want to follow either one. (grin) So, get comfortable, and join me for a peek into three special, and cozy cottages on the Oregon coast. My cottage was built in 1946, and is a beach cottage. It is located 1/8 of a mIle from the water. Very simple, and approximately 1,050 sq. ft. It has a living room, dining room, kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, and loft. There’s a shed in the backyard that has been turned into a “Folly” My favorite thing about living in this cottage is that daily it … Continue reading

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Tis the Season

Hello, Welcome to Marcia’s Cottage by the Sea. ♡ I’m so happy to see you today my friend. ♡ Shall we have a little tea. ♡ Hard to believe that it’s only one week before Christmas. I hope your enjoying this fun and joyful time with friends, and family. I recently returned from a visit to California. I had a wonderful time, however, it was good to return back home to our cottage on the coast. The weather in California was sunny, warm, and beautiful. Of course. (wink) And, I experienced my first big storm this past week, here on the magnificient Oregon coast. Did I say real stormy weather (grin) And, of course what I’m learning is even though I grew up in Southern California, I just might make it as a Pacific Northwestern gal. Who would of thought! Stormy weather is perfect for getting all cozy at home. For me … Continue reading

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